- The Washington Times - Monday, August 19, 2019

The co-creator of “Veggie Tales” says it’s only a matter of time before Christian filmmakers are forced to take a stand on LGBT issues.

Phil Vischer told the Christian Post that modern children’s entertainment is so saturated with LGBT themes that practicing Christian creators will need to address the issue.

“I think it will have to be addressed at some point; I do think it’s a matter of time,” he said in an interview published Saturday. “But right now, I think it would be difficult for a couple of reasons. First: the nuance of how to treat LGBT issues isn’t agreed upon within the Church; and secondly, some parents may want to have that talk with their kids. It’s tricky because it’s so divisive. … I do believe that at some point we’ll be forced to figure out how to explicitly address it.”

Mr. Vischer noted the PBS cartoon “Arthur” and its recent same-sex wedding as the “shot heard through the Christian parenting world.”

“The most striking thing about that episode of Arthur wasn’t that they thought it was time to introduce kids to gay marriage; it was the reaction of all the kids on the show,” he said. “None of them asked questions about why two men were getting married.

The creator lamented the bittersweet reality that “Veggie Tales” has essentially been the creative gold standard for Christian children’s media for over two decades.

“I’d love if something better came along because that would mean there was a vibrant industry,” he told the website. “The fact that 26 years later, ‘Veggie Tales’ is still the crowning achievement of Christian kids media isn’t necessarily a good thing.”

Brandon Morse of the conservative website Red State concurred with Mr. Vischer’s assessment.

“It’s an absolute certainty that Vischer’s prediction will come true,” Mr. Morse wrote Monday. “The question is, once Christian creators refuse to promote the LGBT message, what will the pushback look like? The activist left has proven that it’s willing to engage in long, protracted wars against Christians who refuse to toe the line. It’s likely that Veggie Tales will find itself facing annihilation as well as a number of fabricated lawsuits for ‘hate speech.’ Prepare for a movement to have Christian entertainment banned from social media on the grounds of promoting hate against groups as well.”

Mr. Morse added that activists would be selective in which religious communities are targeted.

“Don’t expect it to attack Islamic media, which is violently opposed to the LGBT community,” he said.

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